Council halts child labour

2007-11-22 00:00

While the driver and his two-man crew relaxed, the children ran to the houses, picked up bags of rubbish and carried them back to the truck.

A resident said she was devastated when one of the children picked up a heavy garbage bag outside her house.

“It fell on his foot and he bravely picked it up again and hobbled back to the truck, then struggled to get back on.

“I was furious, he could so easily have fallen and been crushed under the tyres. I ran out to scream at the driver, but was too late, he had driven off. I managed to get the number of the truck, NPC 4954.”

Another resident, who struggled to get through to the municipality, called The Witness, who photographed it.

Told about the situation, Haswell sent an instruction to the waste management division, saying that no child is allowed on the trucks or to be involved in the refuse collection service.

To assure residents that action has been taken he sent details to the paper: “Furthermore, this is an instruction to institute disciplinary action against any staff members who engage children”.

“In this regard I want a detailed report by no later than Friday, 30th November 2007 as to who was responsible for this completely unacceptable practice and what disciplinary action has been taken.”

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